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23 July 2007

Female foetus remains found

Police in India’s eastern state of Orissa have recovered skeletal remains of 23 female foetuses from an abandoned well.

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Police in India’s eastern state of Orissa have recovered skeletal remains of 23 female foetuses from an abandoned well, news reports said Monday.

The skeletal remains were found in Nayagarh district of Orissa on Sunday, very near the area where seven female foetuses were found in a cave on July 14, IANS news agency reported.

The police raided several private clinics in the district, about 100km south-west of state capital Bhubaneshwar.

The foetuses were six to eight months old and were packed in plastic bags, the report said. They were found in an abandoned well on the premises of a nursing home.

The manager and an employee of the nursing home have been arrested.

A group of social workers who had visited the area recently, were quoted as saying that there were many unregistered clinics offering tests to determine the sex of foetuses along with abortions if requested.

Prenatal sex selection and selective abortion are banned in India and punishable by a hefty fine and up to five years in jail.

However, modern technology, combined with a cultural preference for sons rather than daughters, has led to the mushrooming of such neo-natal clinics across India. - (SAPA)

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